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Managing Pollution Sources

Data from the National Pollutant Inventory shows combined vehicle and domestic emissions make up the majority of metropolitan Adelaide’s air emissions. The other significant contributors of emissions are industries and natural sources, such as dust. In regional and remote South Australia, the relative contribution of emissions from sources and the nature of emissions will be different depending on location.

The EPA licenses industries that emit air pollutants. Mining and extractive industries are co-regulated with the Department for Energy and Mining. The regulation of odour, dust and smoke from facilities that the EPA does not license is carried out by authorised officers under the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 appointed by the minister or local councils and police officers.

Some industries conduct ambient monitoring as a condition of their licence. EPA’s current urban air quality monitoring regime has been in place since 2001, relevant to the commencement of the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (AAQ NEPM).

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